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Pocatello council postpones discussion on Muslim cemetery plots

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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 2:57 am

    POCATELLO — Discussion of a resolution that would dedicate a portion of Restlawn Memorial Gardens for purchase and use by members of the Islamic faith was removed from the City Council agenda at the beginning of Thursday night's meeting.

    A citizens' group had requested that the city pass a resolution that dedicates about 40 plots in Restlawn described as “Spaces 1-10” for purchase and use by members of the Islamic faith. However, the resolution acknowledges that the city cannot restrict the purchase or use of burial plots based on religious affiliation.

    “Any person may be buried therein, regardless of his/her religious or non-religious affiliation,” the resolution states.

    Pocatello physicians Fahim and Naeem Rahim had sought to secure a part of the cemetery for family members and others of the Islamic faith in the Pocatello area.Pocatello council postpones discussion on Muslim cemetery plots

    POCATELLO — Discussion of a resolution that would dedicate a portion of Restlawn Memorial Gardens for purchase and use by members of the Islamic faith was removed from the City Council agenda at the beginning of Thursday night's meeting.

    A citizens' group had requested that the city pass a resolution that dedicates about 40 plots in Restlawn described as “Spaces 1-10” for purchase and use by members of the Islamic faith. However, the resolution acknowledges that the city cannot restrict the purchase or use of burial plots based on religious affiliation.

    “Any person may be buried therein, regardless of his/her religious or non-religious affiliation,” the resolution states.

    Pocatello physicians Fahim and Naeem Rahim had sought to secure a part of the cemetery for family members and others of the Islamic faith in the Pocatello area.

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2 comments:

  • Skeptic posted at 7:17 am on Sat, Apr 20, 2013.

    Skeptic Posts: 175

    Morons? When did that become a religion? Dang spell check wasn't working? LOL.

     
  • MIke1234 posted at 3:27 am on Sat, Apr 20, 2013.

    MIke1234 Posts: 201

    Why is it, we have to have "Separate" burial plots for any religious group? When I visit the local Cemetary and walk looking for a relative, Jews, Morons, Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Buddists, and others are intermingled together, just like this "melting pot" of America. Some of those head stones are back in the late 1800's.
    America was not founded on "Separatists" living in compounds or thinking they were "superior" or others were less worthy like being an "infidel" for not being of their faith. When these people buried in our local cemetaries came to America, they left that behind in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
    If these people want to be "separated" from all the rest of us, after death, then perhaps, while they are alive, they can go somewhere else to live rather than wanting "separation" from our society.
    The leaders of our community need to remind themselves of what America is, and it is Not Separation within in our Society, even at death. Our ancestors left all that behind in other countries when this country was formed.
    Lest us Not forget that.

     

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